Homelessness

Homelessness is a real problem in communities across the Commonwealth — a problem that increasingly involves not only individuals but entire families. On any given day, 16,200 Pennsylvanians are known to be homeless. During one school year, school districts around the state provide services to approximately 13,000 homeless children.  

The issues of affordable housing and homelessness are intricately connected. While circumstantial factors vary, homelessness occurs when people or households are unable to acquire and/or maintain housing they can afford. The chief cause of homelessness in the United States is the scarcity of affordable homes. 

The Housing Alliance has also organized the Homeless Providers Network, a subcommittee of service providers and advocates to develop and focus more resources on the growing issue of homelessness.

News for Homelessness

Obama will seek $11 billion for homeless families

After making progress in reducing homelessness among veterans, the Obama administration is turning to the larger and more complicated challenge of homelessness among families with young children.
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How many students are homeless in Pennsylvania and where are they?

There are homeless students in every county in Pennsylvania and at least 96 percent of its school districts, the state's Department of Education reports.
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Philadelphia Social Innovation Journal launches 26th edition

This edition examines the role that CDCs play in assuaging the challenges facing our neighborhoods and in stimulating social innovation at the neighborhood level and developing supportive policies, creating non-traditional partnerships and forging creative solutions to make our neighborhoods, city and region stronger.
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PEC 2016 Education of Homeless Children and Youth Report

Historic increases in the number of children and youth experiencing homelessness in United States and Pennsylvania

Student homelessness is on the rise in region

While student homelessness in the region may be on the rise over the last decade, school officials say they are getting better at identifying homeless children and providing them resources.
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Montgomery County successful in bid to end veteran homelessness

Montgomery County officials have effectively declared veteran homelessness within the county a thing of the past.
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Report reveals promising practices in ending veteran homelessness

The Urban Institute, with their partner Silber and Associates, just released a report documenting promising interventions for ending veterans homelessness in the United States.

Report finds homeless veteran rates among lowest in Pittsburgh region

Veteran homelessness in Southwest Pennsylvania is among the lowest in the nation, according to a new assessment by the Center for a New American Security and funded by the Heinz Endowments.
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Homelessness declined 11 percent since 2010, 2 percent since 2014

Overall homelessness has decreased by 11.4 percent since 2010, when the Administration set ambitious goals to end veteran and chronic homelessness in five years and family and youth homelessness in 10 years.
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More than 50,000 homeless in the United States: report

More than 500,000 people - a quarter of them children - were homeless in the United States this year amid scarce affordable housing across much of the nation, according to a study released on Thursday.
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